Shelter From The Storm! – 6/22/18

Shelter From The Storm!…

My heart pounds in my chest. The terror of death assaults me. Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking.

Oh, that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest! I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness. Interlude.

How quickly I would escape—far from this wild storm of hatred.

Psalm 55:4-8 (NLT)

Note from Kip…
You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.

Psalm 119:114 (HCSB)

Life is full of storms. They often catch us unaware. We look up and it is already upon us. There is not structure to which we can escape the on coming storm; yet we can hide in His Word; ever protected by His Grace!

The Lord will protect you from all harm; He will protect your life. The Lord will protect your coming and going both now and forever.

Psalm 121:7-8 (HCSB)

Storms can be scary things.  Not just threatening weather conditions, but all kinds of storms. The enemy would use the storms in our path to distract us and draw our attention away from the Good Shepherd who stands ready and fully capable of protecting his flock.

With the waves crashing over the boat the disciples were cowering in fear of destruction when the Lord Jesus demonstrated His power over the storm.

He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?”
And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Mark 4:39-41 (HCSB)

It was and is obvious that the Lord is in control. though we often are easily distracted by the storm, we have nothing to fear if we place our trust and hope in Him.

You are my shelter and my shield; I put my hope in Your word.

Psalms 119:114 (HCSB)

I had one of life’s storms come up on me this week. I saw it coming last week. The clouds darkened and the winds carried that eire fragrance of impending doom.

This was one of those rare occasions that I was able to see it coming and thankfully, I responded appropriately; able to turn the coming storm over to Jesus and let Him know that it’s approach troubled me.

And he calmed the waters. The storm is passing and clearly it was His hand that settled the waves. This morning as I can see the clouds clearing in the distance.

And this struck me; how often do I take the bait and panic when the storms come. Yes, this time I managed to respond the way I should, but there are often times that I do not.

So what is different in those cases. Why do we not relinquish control of the situation and allow God to do His work in us and for us?

Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.

These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Bind them as a sign on your hand and let them be a symbol on your forehead., Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Deuteronomy 6:5-9 (HCSB)

Reflecting back, I realized that during the time just prior to the storm looking on the horizon, I had experience one of those treasured periods where I had been emerced in the Word and thriving in my relationship with Jesus.

It was Him who had prepared me. Fortifying me with His Word and constructing a shelter around me so as this storm encroached I was safely nestled in His Hop.

But how was is it than we can become distracted by the things around us?  We take our eyes off Jesus and like Peter who found himself standing on the waves, we look down and find us plummeting into the depths of the raging sea.

Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13 (HCSB)

The three remaining gifts that Paul talks about work in concert with each other and are driven directly from God’s Word.

Faith, Hope, and Love continue and carry us through the storm and even when the storms in our lives rage with His Word hidden in our hearts; our faith in him,  the hope that He has placed in us, and the love he floods us with sustains us as He engulfs us in His protection.

Because He is The Good Shepherd!

Blessings,
kip…


May He give you what your heart desires and fulfill your whole purpose.

Psalms 20:4 (HCSB)


For it was You who created my inward parts; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made.,

Psalms 139:13-14 (HCSB)


“I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.”

John 6:35 (HCSB)


Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9 (HCSB)


Therefore God delivered them over in the cravings of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served something created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen.

Romans 1:24-25 (HCSB)


 

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